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Best Pocket Flashlight Gift for Mechanics

Streamlight High-Output Rechargeable Pocket Light

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High-Output Rechargeable Pocket Light

Best Pocket Flashlight Gift for Mechanics

Streamlight High-Output Rechargeable Pocket Light

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Pros
  • Claimed 500-lumen output
  • Rechargeable
Cons
  • Bit pricey, but a worthy investment

This pocket light is a behemoth, boasting a claimed 500-lumen output for an impressive two hours. It’s rechargeable, too, and gets juiced up in four hours. Culminating in a display of respectable durability, the whole thing is water- and impact-resistant. It’s a bit higher on the price ladder, but we think it’s a worthy investment.

Best Goofy Shirt Gift for Mechanics

Artist Unknown I’m Here Because You Broke Something T-Shirt

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I'm Here Because You Broke Something T-Shirt

Best Goofy Shirt Gift for Mechanics

Artist Unknown I’m Here Because You Broke Something T-Shirt

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Pros
  • Available in tons of sizes and colors
  • Also available in tank-top, hoodie, and more styles
Cons
  • Might want to get a few—this shirt will get grubby quick

Ah, yes. Mechanics are truly fix-it magicians. This shirt embodies that superpower in truth. Available in a plethora of sizes and colors, you’ll be able to get the perfect fit and look for your favorite garage warrior.

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Best Bluetooth Speaker Gift for Mechanics

DeWALT 20V Bluetooth Speaker

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20V Bluetooth Speaker

Best Bluetooth Speaker Gift for Mechanics

DeWALT 20V Bluetooth Speaker

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Pros
  • 100-foot connectivity range
  • Built tough
Cons
  • Need a Dewalt 20V battery to enjoy the full portability

Mechanics gotta have some tunes in the background when they’re wrenching, and this Bluetooth speaker from DeWALT has an industrial aesthetic that’s right at home in any garage or shop. It features a 100-foot connectivity range and comes with a USB charging port and auxiliary input. If they don’t have a 20V battery, the speaker comes with a power cord.

Best Gloves Gift for Mechanics

Mechanix Wear Original Work Gloves

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Original Work Gloves

Best Gloves Gift for Mechanics

Mechanix Wear Original Work Gloves

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Pros
  • Protects hands
  • Wicking material on the back to keep paws dry
Cons
  • Loss of control over delicate jobs where bare hands are superior

If you’re looking for a gift a mechanic can use daily, check out the Original Work Gloves from Mechanix. As the brand suggests, these are great for wrenching, featuring a tough synthetic material on the palm and a wicking material on the back to keep their paws cool and dry.

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Best Car Vacuum Gift for Mechanics

Black+Decker Dustbuster 16-Volt

Dustbuster 16-Volt

Best Car Vacuum Gift for Mechanics

Black+Decker Dustbuster 16-Volt

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Pros
  • Unmatched performance
  • Attractive price
Cons
  • Battery life on the low side

Somewhat surprisingly, the Black+Decker Dustbuster is the best car vacuum money can buy. We ranked it as our top choice in our car vacuum test, where we loved its performance and price. Just because mechanics have extra-dirty jobs, doesn’t mean they don’t like to keep their car clean. This is the perfect tool for that job.

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Best Gift for the Garage or Shop

ISILER Portable Ceramic Space Heater

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Portable Ceramic Space Heater

Best Gift for the Garage or Shop

ISILER Portable Ceramic Space Heater

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Pros
  • Portable
  • Overheating protection and an integrated shut-off switch
Cons
  • Will only heat up small areas, not the whole garage

For those looking for a portable space heater for the garage or shop, consider this 1500-watt choice from Isiler. To prevent fires, it comes with overheating protection and an integrated shut-off switch if the heater tips over. It’s small and light too, weighing in at just under 2.5 pounds.

Best Screwdriver for Electronics

Fanttik Mini Electric Screwdriver

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Best Screwdriver for Electronics

Fanttik Mini Electric Screwdriver

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Pros
  • Two different torque settings
  • Comes with 24 bits
Cons
  • Can be tricky to grip screwdriver if you need to turn by hand

For repairing small electronics in vehicles, it’s tough to beat a mini electric screwdriver. This one from Fanttik feels great in your hand, plus it comes with 24 bits and two different torque settings. The maximum battery life is rated at two hours—not too shabby at all.

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Best Gag Gift for Mechanics

Generic Blinker Fluid

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Blinker Fluid

Best Gag Gift for Mechanics

Generic Blinker Fluid

Now 31% Off

Pros
  • Good for up to 10,000 blinks
  • Will definitely get a laugh from mechanics
Cons
  • This is a con-free gift—can’t go wrong

Ah yes, the age-old mechanics gag. Blinker fluid is sure to get a good laugh out of anyone who knows their way around a vehicle, and this empty eight-ounce bottle will do the trick. Hey—10,000 blinks is a whale of a deal too.

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Best Gift to Protect Tools

B&C Home Goods Toolbox Liner

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Toolbox Liner

Best Gift to Protect Tools

B&C Home Goods Toolbox Liner

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Pros
  • Protects tools from sliding around in toolboxes
  • Grippy
Cons
  • Trim to fit

This toolbox liner comes in a huge 16-inch-by-16-foot sheet and is built with a grid design for easy measurements and cuts. It’s three millimeters thick and prevents your tools from sliding around inside any-sized toolbox drawers. This is a must-have in every box.

Best Essential Tool Gift for Mechanics

JASTIND Test Light

Test Light

Best Essential Tool Gift for Mechanics

JASTIND Test Light

Pros
  • 135-inch spring-wire cord
  • Spare bulb
Cons
  • Quality might be less than other brands

A test light is a simple but crucial tool to have for any automotive electrical work. Just secure the alligator clip to a ground and probe for power. If the light pops on, there’s current—perfect for testing fuses quickly. This one comes with a 135-inch spring-wire cord and a spare conductive spring and bulb.

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Best Socket Organizer Gift for Mechanics

Ernst Manufacturing 18-Inch Socket Boss

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18-Inch Socket Boss

Best Socket Organizer Gift for Mechanics

Ernst Manufacturing 18-Inch Socket Boss

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Pros
  • Holds 57 sockets
  • Twist-and-lock function
Cons
  • Some mechanics might not like the twist-and-lock function

Sockets can be notoriously hard to find, so a good organizer like this Socket Boss from Ernst is a must-have. It holds 57 sockets and locks them on with a twist function for portability. When you want a socket, simply twist and pull—boom, back to work!

Best Hand Repair Gift for Mechanics

Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm

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Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm

Best Hand Repair Gift for Mechanics

Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm

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Pros
  • Soothes and heals hands without residue
  • Fragrance free
Cons
  • Bit pricier than other products on the market

This hand repair balm from Duke Cannon might have a name that resonates with mechanics best. Originally designed for fighters in the ring, the balm soothes and heals hands without leaving behind a greasy residue. But with all the inadvertent punching under the hood caused by stuck bolts, they oughta put a picture of a mechanic on the jar. We fight, too.

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Best Gift for a Mechanic’s Workbench

CFMaster Heavy-Duty Power Strip

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Heavy-Duty Power Strip

Best Gift for a Mechanic’s Workbench

CFMaster Heavy-Duty Power Strip

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Pros
  • 10 outlets
  • Wide spaces between each outlet
Cons
  • 6-foot power cord might not be long enough

A power strip is especially handy these days, thanks to the many battery chargers we use. This 10-outlet heavy-duty strip features a strong surge protector, a six-foot power cord, and a wide space between each outlet to accommodate bulky chargers.

Best Gift to Keep a Mechanic Refreshed

NewAir Minifridge

Minifridge

Best Gift to Keep a Mechanic Refreshed

NewAir Minifridge

Pros
  • Holds up to 90 cans
  • Perfect for any garage
Cons
  • Beverages might be distracting… but is that really a con?

If they’ve got the room, a minifridge can be an awesome perk to have in or around a mechanic’s toolbox. This one holds up to 90 cans and can keep the temperature at 37 degrees. Thanks to its sleek design, it also looks great as it keeps their bevs and sandwiches ready for lunchtime.

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Best Hand Tool Gift for Mechanics

Tekton Mini Needle Nose Pliers

Mini Needle Nose Pliers

Best Hand Tool Gift for Mechanics

Tekton Mini Needle Nose Pliers

Pros
  • Great for grabbing things in tight spaces
  • Best for pulling fuses
Cons
  • Might be too small for large-handed mechanics

When checking fuses, a small pair of needle-nose pliers can be super handy. Grab, pull, and inspect the fuse in question—that process goes faster with these than trying to get your fingers in there. The pliers can also be helpful for other issues, such as dropped bolts or credit cards.

Best gift for Hand Cleaning

Grip Clean Mechanic’s Hand Soap with Brush

Mechanic's Hand Soap with Brush

Best gift for Hand Cleaning

Grip Clean Mechanic’s Hand Soap with Brush

Pros
  • Comes with a fingernail brush
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Will make a sink very dirty

For a compact and convenient method of scrubbing a mechanic’s mitts, check out this hand-cleaning kit from Grip Clean. The soap also features pumice scrubbing agents to cleanse tough grime, and it includes a very handy fingernail brush.

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Versatile Work Lights for Mechanics

Coquimbo Rotating LED Work Lights

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Rotating LED Work Lights

Versatile Work Lights for Mechanics

Coquimbo Rotating LED Work Lights

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Pros
  • Compact and foldable
  • Magnetic
Cons
  • Brightness is a touch on the low side

These compact LED work lights fold down to just 6 inches when closed—perfect for small storage or mobile toolboxes. The magnetic bottoms allow you to stick them to anything metal for worry-free lighting, and the heads rotate 360 degrees.

best book for mechanics

Penguin Books Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

best book for mechanics

Penguin Books Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

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A philosopher/mechanic’s wise (and often hilarious) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one’s hands. Upon its release in 2010, Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational wisdom of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker” based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. A must-read for anyone who enjoys working with their hands.

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Collin Morgan is an Associate Commerce Editor at Hearst Autos, where the former Rust Belt mechanic and gadget enthusiast presents the best gear for your automotive endeavors.

 

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